Mothers-to-be beware! Consuming that fruit juice or fizzy drinks during pregnancy may increase their child’s risk of developing asthma at ages seven and nine, a study has recently warned.
USA: According to researchers, children between the ages of seven and nine may be at greater risk for developing asthma if they consumed high amounts of fructose in early childhood or their mothers drank a lot of sugar-sweetened beverages while pregnant.
Lead study author Sheryl L. Rifas-Shiman from Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute said that avoiding high intake of sugary beverages during pregnancy and in early childhood could be one of several ways to reduce the risk of childhood asthma.
The researchers analysed 1,068 mother-child pairs, designed to find ways to improve the health of mothers and their children.
When their children reached early childhood (3.3 years), the mothers completed another questionnaire to report their children’s consumption of a variety of foods and beverages, including regular sodas and fruit drinks.
The results suggested that in mid-childhood, 19 percent of the children had asthma.
Kids in the highest quartile of fructose consumption during their early childhoods were 64 percent more likely than those in the lowest quartile to have asthma in mid-childhood.